DOJ comes out swinging against AT&T-Time Warner arbitration offer

Time Warner’s strategy to settle price disputes with Comcast, Cox, Dish and other distributors by offering them arbitration and a no-blackout policy has worried the Department of Justice enough that it spent a significant portion of the first two weeks of the trial trying to undermine the companies’ solution to the government’s antitrust concerns.

Although the DOJ dismissed the offer out of hand, and it was called “gamesmanship” by one competitor, the presiding judge has agreed to hear more about it.

The government’s intense focus from...

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